McALLEN, Texas — Finally, Royce White will answer the questions on a basketball court.
The Rockets rookie hopes to make his season debut with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League tonight against the Maine Red Claws (8:30 ET).
The 6-foot-8 power forward, who was the 16th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, had twice previously rejected assignments to the D-League as he demanded a “protocol” to deal his anxiety disorder, which makes traveling — especially air travel — difficult.
White opened the season on the Rockets roster, but did not play and left the team in early November. With a nose for crashing the boards and knack for passing, he would seem to be a perfect complement to the NBA’s fastest-paced offense.
White passed a physical by the Rockets over the weekend, arrived in the Rio Grande Valley on Sunday and met with Vipers team president Bert Garcia on Monday. Coach Nick Nurse will make the final determination at a pregame workout, but White is expected to be in the lineup.